"Only the Foolish or Daring ponies have ever tried to venture into Tartarus, a dark domain where the most vile and wicked of creatured are imprisoned and tormented.
most never get past Cerberus, the guardian of the gates..So, most never really learn that Cerberus isn't the true ruler of Tartarus.
the true ruler of Tartarus..is Hades, the dark god of death.
Hades can take on many forms, but as he deals with ponies most of the time, he tends to mostly resemble an Equine himself.
Ironically enough, Hades is a very calm, coolheaded god..but, while brief, his explosive temper is not to be taken lightly.
Predictably, Hades despises his job as ruler of Tartarus (in which he is mostly the warden the one big prison)
but, despite his personal feelings he takes his job VERY seriously, and won't stand for any of his rules and laws being violated (such as "Escapes")
The only one who can keep Hades in control is his wife, "Persephone", who always knows just what to say to talk Hades into doing anything."
[Character Voice: James Woods]
"While his name is slipped into legend, the Thunder God Zeus never-the-less pays a service to all living things in Equestria by ruling over Paradise, and ensuring the afterlives of Ponies and Non-Ponies is true to the name of his domain.
Zeus is very kind, compassionate and fatherly in personality. but, if provoked, he can have quite a "thunderous" temper.
the only REAL threat to his rule is his own brother Hades (ruler of Tartarus), who is constantly trying to take the throne of Paradise, leaving Zeus in Tartarus (but, being brothers, Zeus is always willing to Forgive and Forget the repetitive insurgency)
Zeus muse and inspiration is his wife, "Hera", who often councils him on the proper things to do in times of crisis."
[Character Voice: Corey Burton]
This idea REALLY originated from a conversation that I had with regarding the Afterlife, and who rules what in my MLP fanon.
the concept of a ponty Heaven and Hell came into being from the main setting of a "Ghost World" (based on the Ghost Zone from Danny Phantom) as a third afterlife for deceased spirits who fail to crossover, and became ghosts as a result.
wanting to avoid nasty religious conflict (I am not naming names) I decided to base "Paradise" and "Tartarus" on the Mount Olympus and Underworld realms of Greek Mythology, and have Zeus and Hades be the rulers, AND be based on the Disney incarnations from Hercules.
Tartarus has already been mentioned (and, somewhat seen) in the actual show 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, so this isn't a shot in the dark.
but, come on, people..Everybody's favorite Hades is the one made famous by James Woods performance of the character.
and, who wouldn't want to see/hear James Woods Hades on MLP?! (we all know that if Hasbro seriously did this, James Woods would do it in a heartbeat, seeing as how he's repised his Hades role in nearly ever form of media from Television to Videogames.)
Zeus is also a fun character. Disney having given him quite a sense of humor, and a fatherly personality.
he seems like an idea "God" character for MLP as far as a heavenly afterlife goes.
As for the Artwork itself..Well, I've never drawn greek-styled character before (so, I of course am inexperienced with "Togas", or whatever that type of clothing is called.)
It's hard enough drawing HUMANS is such a style, Ponies are even harder.
all I like about this are the faces..the rest of them are "meh" worthy.
I clearly need more practice..which is why I labeled this "Rough Lineart"
So, here we are: Zeus and Hades. two character who may soon have cameo appearances in my MLP fiction "Beyond Life and Death" once I figure out how to write them in properly.
UPDATE: Due to the constant tedious questions on the "Other" Gods made by one whose name I won't mention.
I wish to be clear on the fact that this is an AU, and as such, only ZEUS and HADES are the only gods featured.
Apart from their wives (and, maybe Posidon) There are NO OTHER Olmypian Gods (so, QUIT ASKING!)
Gods like Apollo and Morphius would only make Celestia and Luna's duties debatable.
and, besides: According to Greek Myth, in the beginning, there were only THREE of the Olympian Gods..
Namely Zeus (Sky God), Hades (Earth God), and Posidon (Water God)
So, let's all pretend that the other gods never came to be, and It is still just them. OKAY?
and, Please..No heckling me over this like what I had to go through with Samurai Jack, and Aku!
If this persists, I may just DELETE this artwork, and be done with it.
My Little Pony © Bonnie Zacherle//
Hercules © Disney